The Florida State Personnel Development Grants (SPDG) is a five-year initiative to build capacity at the school and district level to implement two evidence-based practices, Strategic Instruction Model (SIM) and Check and Connect (C&C) a student mentoring program. Our focus is on middle and high schools, and we target decreasing dropout rates and increasing graduation and proficiency rates for students with disabilities. We currently provide direct support to 19 districts.
We are entering our fifth year of funding and due to COVID have some underutilized funds. We have had great success when the school social workers have gotten involved with implementation of C&C, so we are planning to offer three sessions this year. Our plan is to offer one this fall late Nov/early Dec. and two in the spring in three locations around the state.
Each training is two days (total of 12 hours), and the trainers are certified by the Institute of Community Integration at the University of Minnesota. Since we are grant funded there will be not charge to attendees and we will provide all necessary materials to attendees. Free CEUs will also be provided.
For more information contact the number provided on the flyer.
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As we quickly approach the BCSSWA conference in less than 15 days, I wanted to take a moment to reply to a few questions that have come up.
Menu Items: - BBQ Meatballs - Chicken Kabobs - Veggie Kabobs - Tropical Salad - Pasta Salad - Hawaiian Wings - Vegan Hawaiian Sliders - Mushroom Rice - Griot with Mango Salsa Drink: - Aloha Punch (virgin rum punch)
Conference update on in-person attendees as of 3/3/2022: Remember our cap is 100 and this list does not include paper forms submitted. Also, keep in mind that this conference is open to social workers who work in partnership with us from various agencies throughout Broward County.
Should you have any additional questions, comments, or concerns please email or contact me directly. Your support for BCSSWA is greatly appreciated.
Ms. Elizabeth T. Edwards, LCSW
President of Broward County School Social Worker Association (BCSSWA)
Broward County Recognition Program Recipient (BCRP) since 2020
For more information on BCSSWA, please visit WWW.BCSSWA.org
Mental Health Resources
Mental Health Portal
The Florida Department of Education is pleased to partner with the School Social Work Association of America to provide ongoing training to support school-based mental health services providers (school social workers, school psychologists, school counselors and licensed mental health professionals). The Florida Association of School Social Workers will provide CEUs.
DCF Announces First Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) in Response to Hurricane Ian
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Shevaun Harris announced that Florida’s application for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) has been approved. D-SNAP provides food assistance for individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Ian and who are not receiving food assistance benefits through the regular Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP).
D-SNAP will be implemented by DCF in phases and by county beginning Monday, October 10, 2022. Pre-registration is required by all applicants. To ensure the fastest service to households who are eligible to receive benefits, DCF will begin the first phase by offering a phone option. In the coming weeks, DCF will host in-person D-SNAP events for residents who cannot participate by phone. The locations for in-person D-SNAP events will be announced soon.
“Our Department is working around the clock to provide critical resources to Florida families impacted by Hurricane Ian,” said Secretary Shevaun Harris. “Our goal is to provide families with support as quickly as possible. We encourage those in the impacted counties to take advantage of the virtual/telephonic option so that there would be no need to attend an in-person event.”
Who is eligible for D-SNAP?
To qualify for D-SNAP benefits:
Loss of food
Reduction or loss of income
Other disaster-related expenses
What Benefits are Available through D-SNAP?
How do I Apply for D-SNAP?
Phone interview times are designated based on the first letter of the applicant’s last name.
See Phase Schedule by County for details.
D-SNAP Call Center: 850-663-1919, Hours: 7 A.M. – 5 P.M. EST
PHASE ONE: Schedule by County
·Last name begins with A-F: Call on Thursday, October 13
·Last name begins with G-N: Call on Friday, October 14
·Last name begins with O-Z: Call on Saturday, October 15
·Any last name: Call on Sunday, October 16
PHASE TWO: Schedule by County
Counties: Flagler, Highlands, Manatee, Orange, Pinellas, and St. Johns
Pre-Registration Dates: Monday, October 17 – Sunday, October 23
Telephonic Dates: Thursday, October 20 – Sunday, October 23
PHASE THREE: Schedule by County
Counties: Hillsborough, Lake, Osceola, Putnam, Seminole, and Volusia
Pre-Registration Dates: Monday, October 24 – Sunday, October 30
Telephonic Dates: Thursday, October 27 – Sunday, October 30